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Spot prices for plasticizers in the second quarter continued to be stable to soft compared with the first quarter of this year.
Trading activity, especially to the key China market, continued to remain subdued because of sufficient supply in the domestic market. The wide buy-sell gap indicated buyers were reluctant to purchase, despite low inventory levels of dioctyl phthalate (DOP) at the eastern China ports. Sentiment was mostly bearish, especially in the diisononyl phthalate (DINP) and DOP markets, because of the weak demand for plasticizer additives from end-users.
In the dioctyl terephthalate (DOTP) market, however, the situation was slightly better, with prices on an upward trend between late March and late April. This was because of an increase in demand from key China buyers and a rise in feedstock 2-ethylhexanol (2-EH) prices. Several producers also recorded an increase in demand because of the plasticizer switch made by some buyers to purchase DOTP instead of using their original alternatives. However, price increases were capped by persistently weak downstream demand for plastic additives.
Operating rates at most plants in the Asia-Pacific region were below 70%, according to some market participants, because producers were not keen to build up on their inventories amid persistently weak demand.
Updated to Q2 2014
The weekly ICIS Asia Phthalate/Non-Phthalate Plasticizers report offers timely and in-depth market data, including price assessments, trade activity, feedstock supply and analysis of Asia’s current and upcoming export availability.
What the report covers
- - China di-isononyl phthalate (DINP)/dioctyl terephthalate (DOTP) domestic and import prices (Ex-Tank East China, CFR China)
- - Northeast Asia DINP export prices (FOB NE Asia)
- - East Asia DOP import prices (CFR East Asia)
- - The southeast Asia import situation
- - Analysis of domestic and international supply and demand
- - The latest news on plasticizer market developments and changes to plasticizer regulations and demand trends
- - The latest news on global bans on DOP and changes to plasticizer regulations
- - Feedstock isononanol (INA) prices and its supply situation
- - Summary and price information on feedstocks phthalic anhydride (PA), 2-ethylhexanol (2-EH) and purified terephthalic acid (PTA)
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